Botox is a great treatment for fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It can make you look younger and healthier without the need for major plastic surgery. We often think of Botox treatments for people who are approaching middle age, or older, because that’s when those wrinkles begin to appear.
But there seems to be a trend among men and women in their twenties getting Botox, not necessarily because they have wrinkles to worry about, but because they want to prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place.
Do Young People Need Botox?
Generally, people in their twenties have skin that’s still young with good thickness and volume that prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. As we age, the skin loses that thickness, resulting in an increase in wrinkles. A simple example is trying to crumple a piece of cardboard (the skin of a young person). It can be done, but it takes work. A piece of paper (the skin of someone older), on the other hand, can be crumpled pretty easily.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that a young person can still have facial wrinkles due to environmental factors, health and genetics.
Prevention Might Be The Answer
Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. When a patient starts Botox treatment early on in life, it’s possible they might weaken those facial muscles so that Botox isn’t needed as much later on in life. So even if a young patient does start Botox at an early age, they must continue the treatments even when they’re older.
Studies have been done to show this; most notably there was a 2006 study involving twin sisters. One sister began receiving Botox early on; the other did not. About 15 years later, there was a noticeable difference between the two. The sister who did have the Botox looked much younger and more attractive, whereas her twin showed normal signs of aging.
There’s Just One Caveat…
A young patient must already be showing some signs of wrinkles, no matter how slight. If the facial skin were smooth when the face is relaxed, then Botox treatment at an early age would not be considered preventative. While it won’t hurt the patient, it may not do any good either.
What’s the verdict on Botox in young adults?
Unfortunately, there really is no best answer that will fit everyone. So the best answer is: it depends. Only a board- certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist can best advise a patient on whether or not Botox is a good option. However, it’s safe to say that a healthy lifestyle, including protecting the skin from the sun, can go a long way in preventing fine lines and wrinkles over the course of one’s life. Other measures include eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep and exercise.
Are you considering Botox?
Regardless of your age, if you are considering Botox, make an appointment with us so you can talk to one of our doctors. They will assess your skin and give you the best treatment options based on your goals, skin type and any skin damage. Start looking your best today!